Mary and Charles celebrate 60th anniversary
The high regard in which a local couple is held within their community was underlined by the large amount of well-wishes they received on the occasion of their 60th wedding anniversary.
Mary and Charles Christopher, from Coolbawn, Ferns, celebrated the milestone event at their family home surrounded by friends, neighbours and family members including their sons, Charles Jnr, Walter, daughters, Theresa, Margaret and Mary-Anne, grandchildren, and extended family.
It was a joyous occasion and a wonderful night for everyone present.
With both of them coming from well-known local families they are highly respected and recognised throughout the locality and they spent their entire lives embedded in their community.
Speaking to this newspaper the couple's son, Charles Jnr, said it was a great event that everyone thoroughly enjoyed.
'We just decided to have a party in the house here,' said Charles Jnr.
'It was a good night and we were very happy with the turnout of people,' he added.
Charles spent all his life working locally as an agricultural worker and is a popular member of the Ferns bowling club.
Mary was a talented camogie player in her youth and she still has a very healthy interest in various different sports today - including being an avid fan of Liverpool FC.
She also likes watching sports events on television and has a particular interest in hurling, football and soccer.
When she was younger Mary used to work in McEvoy Solicitors, however, she gave that up when she settled down to raise the family.
Fr Cushen said mass in the couple's home as part of the anniversary event and he said he was delighted to be given the opportunity to bless and celebrate such a significant anniversary.
Everyone present got to enjoy lovely food and a cake especially made for the occasion.
The family acknowledged the friends and neighbours who joined in the celebrations which made it all the more enjoyable for Mary and Charles.